By Mens Ikpeme
Recently, Cross River Assembly orders INEC to conduct election under 108 days to replace Hon.(Dr.) Elucate who relocated to APC.
We understand that a member of the Cross River State Assembly Honorable Moses Ocheche who represent Obanliku’s constituency took upon himself to ignorantly revoke section 109(1G) of the constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria. While there are parallels between section 109, there are also material differences. If the revocation of section 109 was passed in good faith by Honorable Moses Ocheche and the assembly, its strength shall depend on its ability to engage meaningfully with the ingredients of the above quoted section.
Cross River State Assembly has no powers to revoke section 109(1G) of the Nigerian constitution when it is glaring that PDP is in shambles (ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS CROSS RIVER STATE CANNOT ALLOW WRONG PEOPLE TO USE OUR NATION’S GOOD CONSTITUTION AGAINST US).
Methinks Cross River State Assembly’s Endemic culture of executive’s dominance, where we have one party legislature has made the State assembly weak and vulnerable. The aforementioned constitutional provisions was obviously revoked in breach and with reckless impunity.
Cross River State Assembly is truly not independent of executives and often incapacitated from acting as the watch dog of executive activities.
The powers of Cross River State legislators has been undermined by Governor Ayade as a result of increasing dependence of the legislators on the executives, this has hampered the spirit of democracy and good governance in the state and has shown clearly that the law makers lack capacity to legislate on any matter of the state.
Cross River State Assembly should understand that its mandatory of them as representatives of the people, not only do they derive their mandate directly from the electorate, but also owe the electorate proper accountability of their conduct in the State.
The masses/citizens representation embodied in the legislature is a central component and an indispensable principle of democratic governance, this is because the assembly is a primary mechanism of the masses that provides for them representation in government.
They owe the people of Cross River State, the fundamental duty to insist on good governance through qualitative legislation that can lead to socio-economic progress and prosperity of the State.
All Progressives Congress puts it that Cross River State Assembly must know that people-oriented legislation must therefore, strike reasonable effort to avoid conflict of interest and effectively contribute to good governance by performing important functions that are necessary to sustain democracy in the God’s own State.
The state assembly is empowered to legislate on broad range of issues that if effectively utilized through quality legislation and diligent exercise of the legislative oversight functions, will translate into good governance, and this shall promote democracy in the State.
High moral and ethical standards must be maintained to guarantee public’s confidence but the state assembly close their eyes towards democratic governance, as such there is no form of governance in the State.
The hearing of the Hon. Elucate’s matter is ongoing at the federal high court 11 abuja, let us pray for Justice to prevail.
State Publicity Secretary,
All Progreesives Congress.